Dichondra is highly resistant to diseases and will grow in partial shade to full sun. Beautiful in landscaping areas of no maintenance where adapted, and does not need to be mowed. When used in lawn situations it can be mowed for an even, smooth finish. The first leaves will be long and narrow and will not look like dichondra in the beginning. After the seed has all sprouted you can let the ground dry out in between watering. It is a common mistake to water dichondra ground cover plants too often and too lightly after it is established. This can cause shallow rooting which just makes it more susceptible to disease. Each irrigation should add one inch of water to the soil. You can easily measure this be putting several tuna fish cans out in the area you are watering and see how long it takes to fill them one inch. If it takes 30 minutes, then you know 30 minutes of watering will provide approximately 1 inch of water to the plant roots. Dichondra ground cover plants require water on a deep and infrequent basis and needs to slightly dry out between watering.
- Dichondra Repens is a perennial ground cover plant which has a prostrate or creeping growth habit with circular leaves and entire margins, it grows very close to the ground, (usually not over 2 inches tall) and is a warm season fast growing ground cover
- To plant Dichondra seed you need a thoroughly prepared seedbed and weed free in the beginning, Dichondra is very hard to remove weeds from so make sure you pull out all weeds in the area before you plant your dichondra, Deep, loose, clod-free, smooth, well-drained soil is best for dichondra ground cover plantings, lightly rake the surface and evenly spread the dichondra seed, evenly watering afterward. The seedbed must be kept moist, but not soggy
- A seed sprout may die if it does not have water, Frequency of watering will depend how hot and how sunny it is, it may be necessary to water 3 to 4 times a day to keep the seedbed moist, Dichondra ground cover seed needs warm soil before it can sprout
- The best time to seed Dichondra is when temperatures are in the 70's range and night time temps are in the 50's range, this is usually mid to late spring or late summer to early fall, when soil temperatures are too low, seed sprouting and establishment will take much longer or may not occur at all
- If possible, rake in the seed lightly into the soil or cover with a very light layer of peat moss to help hold moisture as the seed sprouts, our Dichondra seed is coated, so it helps retain moisture without these steps
- Dichondra seed will sprout in 7 - 14 days during warm (70 degrees or warmer) weather